Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307950628, 296pp.
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.
JAY RUBIN is a professor of Japanese literature at Harvard University, where he has employed the pedagogical techniques contained in Making Sense of Japanese "as infrequently as possible." He has authored Injurious to Public Morals: Writers and the Meiji State and Haruki Murakami and the Music of
Words, edited Modern Japanese Writers, and translated Soseki Natsume's Sanshiro and The Miner and Haruki Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, and After the Quake (Knopf and Harvill, 2002).
“A masterly novel. . . . Norwegian Wood bears the unmistakable marks of Murakami’s hand.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Norwegian Wood not only points to but manifests the author’s genius.”
“A treat. . . . Murakami captures the heartbeat of his generation and draws the reader in so completely you mourn when the story is done.”
—The Baltimore Sun
“Vintage Murakami [and] easily the most erotic of [his] novels.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review